SC Democrats make their case to keep first-in-the-South presidential primary position | Palmetto Politics

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WASHINGTON — House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn made a straightforward appeal to Democratic National Committee members when he explained why his home state of South Carolina should keep its influential first-in-the-South position in the party’s presidential nominating calendar.

“I believe very strongly that if the process is not broken, it doesn’t need to be fixed,” South Carolina’s most powerful Democrat concluded. “If there is a weak link, we need to strengthen it. If there’s a weak link in this process of ours, strengthen the link — don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater.”

His comment had been all but foreshadowed in the first slide of the South Carolina Democratic Party’s presentation to the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee on June 24. It had…

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